A Kick to Drive
By Pennysaver on
2005 Toyota Matrix XR Fwd 4dr Wagon (1.8L 4cyl 5M)
I've owned my 5 spd. XR for a year.
Storage is incredible(seats fold
absolutely flat and can carry 15+ bags
of mulch, for example), turning radius
is excellent, head and rear seating
space is great, performance is very
reliable and it's easy to maneuver.
Would prefer availability of 5 spd.
manual on XRS 4WD, slightly higher
grade of comfort (leather seats, wood
trim, more upscale features) but it's
economical (32 MPG city, 39 MPG hwy)and
comfortable and that's what counts.
Maneuverability, storage space, and gas
mileage are excellent. Engine is
responsive and there's nothing sluggish
about this 1.8 ltr. 130 hp engine,
especially a 5 spd. Much better
performance than my previous 2000 2.2
ltr. 130 hp Solara.
Major problem to fix: serious
blindspots on both driver and passenger
sides that could mask a Hummer,
requiring a small convex mirror to
reduce blind spots, or physical head
turning to ensure clearance. Regular
side mirrors are very inadequate.
Overall, though, I am very pleased with